Clarification On Kevin Nolan Issued By Leyton Orient

There was speculation about Kevin Nolan today that he may be relieved of his player/manager position at the club – and it was reported in the Evening Standard that he would essentially be sacked.

Leyton Orient  have clarified the situation and Kevin will concentrate on the playing side of his job through the end of the season as he tries to get Leyton Orient promoted.

That makes a lot more sense.

kevin nolan player manager

Kevin Nolan when appointed at Orient last January

This is the statement issued by Leyton Orient today:


Following inaccurate reports in the media today, Alessandro Angelieri, the Club’s CEO, has issued the following statement:

“Everyone at the Club is fighting hard to make sure we reach the play-offs this season.

“Whilst that aim remains within reach, we have decided that Kevin should focus entirely on his playing contribution until the end of the season.

“We believe that Kevin will be able to make a bigger impact on the team without the distraction of managerial duties.

“Andy Hessenthaler, who has been assisting Kevin over the past few months, will take charge of the first team in the interim.”


Kevin had won seven and drawn two of his first 14 games as player/manager so he had done quite well.

But in the last four games they have drawn one and lost three and scored only one goal – so that’s Newcastle like form right there – no wonder Orient are concerned.

Seriously though – the move seems very sensible to us.

What do you think?

11 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Makes a lot of sense!! Maybe he could give Ashley to pointers!!!

  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    some pointers!!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #3

    We should go for Steve Bruce.

  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Welshie – with a Pitchfork???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Ha ha, you should have heard the pure abuse he got last season down at Hull, he’ll not come anywhere near us.

  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s never forgiven us for the “Daydream Believer” theme at SJP!!
    He went an amazing shade of purple!! lol

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7

    So he’s been sacked as a manager, kept as a player.

    Some sort of message there.

    Unless there’s a distinct improvement on our current performances I’m not sure whether Rafa should be begged to stay, he should have had some influence by now. Things are no better than they were under McClaren and some of his team selection has been bl**dy awful.

    It was obvious to anyone with half a footballing brain that Taylor just aint good enough for the EPL anymore, might just about to be good enough for the Conference league. What is he seeing that we ignorant fans don’t?

  • toon kk

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa is a great manager but he hardly knows anything about our players really, we have a weak squad what do you expect we’re capable of? No proven striker’s the worst defence in the football league’s., hardly a recipe for success.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Win Rate %

    First team 18.75%
    Reserves 16.66%
    Academy 25.92 %

    Ashleys a numbers man in business – why not in football ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Essex Bill,
    The whole point though is that to secure Rafa’s services things will have to be done his way and our problems with every level of the club lie within the fact that every previous manager since Hoots have been absolutely desperate for a job and were willing to let themselves be dictated to by which ever stooge was running the show at the time. Letting Derek Llambias or Lee Churnley over rule a managers footballing decision is a recipe for disaster and what to we have right now? Yup, a disaster.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #11

    I still have not had an answer from anyone on this. Who out of this board of ours made the final decision that we did not need to strengthen the defence. It is gross misconduct!


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